For many players, Week 4 of the NFL preseason will be their last action until next year or maybe even ever. That is if they even make it past the initial cuts. The first huge wave of roster cuts ends on Tuesday when squads must be trimmed down to 75 players. NFL teams have until Saturday, September 3 at 4 p.m. ET to slice their rosters down to 53 maximum players.
With that in mind, several of the Oakland Raiders young receivers and members of the Seattle Seahawks offensive line will have a final chance to make 2016’s roster when the two sides meet Thursday night at Oakland Coliseum.
The Raiders, surrounded by a ton of hype and expected to improve on last year’s 7-9 run, are looking for receivers to fill out a corps that includes studs like Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper but that could use some help behind Seth McRoberts and Andre Holmes.
So far, rookie Johnny Holton appears to have the inside edge over fellow first-year receivers KJ Brent, Joe Hansley, Jaydon Mickens and others. The former Cincinnati wide out has racked up five receptions for 78 yards, sitting behind only Cooper and Roberts during the preseason. Marvin Hall was the next-best from the rookie class with four catches for 35 yards.
The same also be said of the Raiders backfield. Latavius Murray remains the likely starter, but Taiwan Jones' job as No. 2 could be in jeopardy. Rookies DeAndre Washington and George Atkinson have both looked sharp, with the latter averaging 11.3 yards a carry and netting both of Oakland’s rushing touchdowns this preseason. Jalen Richard, another rookie, missed the first two preseason games due to a knee injury but in last weekend’s 27-14 loss to Tennessee he made the most of his seven attempts for 35 yards.
The Seahawks offensive line, which was tied for sixth-worst in the NFL by allowing 46 sacks, could also see some cuts depending on the results against Oakland. According to The Seattle Times, center Patrick Lewis could on the outside looking in as Justin Britt has reportedly solidified his place on the 53-man roster.
Citing Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable, the reports stresses that Britt and guards Mark Glowinski and first-round draft pick Germain Ifedi appear to have the interior line spots sewn up. However, with the rise of Britt and rookie Joey Hunt also on the roster, it’s possible the Seahawks cut ties with Lewis in order save roughly $1.7 million in salary cap space.
At the tackles, former Raider J’Marcus Webb played both tackle spots in Seattle’s 27-17 win over Dallas and he’s probably a fixture in the starting lineup but Bradley Sowell and Garry Gilliam are still in the mix.
Start Time: Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET
TV Channels: KTVU, KICU (Oakland); Q13 FOX (Seattle); NFL Network
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